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A government organisation involved in emergency or natural disaster activities. For example, the State Emergency Service (SES) or Country Fire Authority (CFA).

Recording and maintaining mandatory employment information, such as hours of work and wages paid.

When an employee is terminated because the employer no longer requires that job to be done by anyone, except in cases of ordinary and customary turnover of staff. Other known terms: retrenchment and severance pay.

A decision of the Fair Work Commission to reduce the amount of redundancy an employer has to pay.

A State which has handed over, or referred its workplace relations powers to the Commonwealth (ie. all states except WA).

A document between an employer and their employees regarding employment conditions. An agreement must be approved by and registered with the Fair Work Commission. Examples of registered agreements include enterprise agreements, collective agreements, greenfields agreements, certified agreements, Australian workplace agreements (AWA) and individual transitional employment agreements (ITEA).

The right an employee has to return to the same position they held before taking parental leave.

The right of a permit holder to enter a work site. Permit holders are often union officials.

A timetable showing the days and times employees are expected to attend work.

A day in a roster period that an employee doesn’t have to work. An employee’s day off can be paid or unpaid, depending on the award or registered agreement.